Wednesday, 22 February 2012

People have the power.


Protest does work, whether buy demonstrating, letter writing  or sending e.mails. Power can be achieved by sitting in an armchair and by the click of the mouse , through social media perhaps,  or by taking to the streets, participating in community action, resisting,  direct action or  by any means at ones disposal.
This week we have seen Tesco shift their policy in relation to workfare, which now means that those working 25 hours a week at one of its stores will earn around £175 compared with £55 if they had stayed on benefits. This reversal was only achieved because people shouted  out their opposition. If people had stayed silenced we would not now be in a position of  seriously undermining this Tory led Coalitions job scheme. Superdrug electronic retailer Maplins & Mind (Mental Health Charity) have all announced that they have pulled out of the scheme completely, after Waterstones and Sainsbury's also quit. Small victories can be achievable when  people work together.
When people stand together in solidarity, change can occur, if people keep pushing  decisions can be overturned. But there is never a time for complaeceny, especially when we live in  a time of much urgency. Where decisions sometimes need to be overturned in a matter of most immediacy.
The N.H.S bill is still being attempted to be pushed through by the Tory's even  though it is clearly in dissaray. But the government's Higher Education White Paper has now been shelved. If the people had not got angry  would Mr Stephen Hester  have an extra £1 million in his pocket, would Mr  Fred Godwin still be called a Sir. Would Murdoch's scurrious activies gone unfestered.
Meanwhile people are standing in solidarity with their neighbours, the Greeks offer us a glimpse of a society that will not be silenced. The Occupy Movement also has been a wonderful breath of fresh air, clamouring too for political change. Seeds of new ideas are flowering everywhere like flames. People connecting, saying no to austerity everywhere , in  these  tumultuous times  people are  standing up.
Anything is possible.... I guess, the air is alive and crackling, people globally looking for and demanding new explanations, answers. Subsequently we have seen oppressive leaders toppled, regime change, millions saying no to war, a rising tide against the old orders.Outside the box of corporate realms and governmental consensus, people are finding their voice, their strength, finding their power.
Still a long way to go, and  so much more to achieve, but  it is together we will achieve  real change ( not in the 'we are in it together' of Mr Cameron's lies and old school ties, because clearly we  are not, but their is a definite realisation that the future is one where the concentrated measures of wealth are not in the hands of an elite few. I believe together, as individuals or in groups we can bring about  real change, whether it be for human rights,  economic and social justice , working for a culture of peace , equality and freedom, in the words of John Lennon ' some people call me a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.'  Reality sandwiches, taste bitter sometimes, but one things for certain, the People have the power and by acting together in movements of solidarity , this power will grow.

Patti Smith - People have the Power.




Patti Smith - People Have The Power

I was dreaming in my dreaming
of an aspect bright and fair
and my sleeping it was broken
but my dream it lingered near

in the form of shining valleys
where the pure air recognised
and my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry

that the people have the power
to redeem the work of fools
upon the meek the graces shower
it's decreed the people rule

The people have the power
The People have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power

Vengeful aspects become suspect
and bending low as if to hear
and the armies ceased advancing
because the people had their ear

and the shepherds and the soldiers
lay beneath the stars
exchanging visions
and laying arms
to waste in the dust

in the form of shining valleys
where the pure air recognised
and my senses newly opened
exchanging visions
and laying arms
to waste in the dust

in the form of shining valleys
where the pure air recognised
and mysenses newly opened
I awakened to the cry

Refrain

Where there were deserts  
I saw fountains
like the cream  the waters rise
and we strolled there together
with none to laugh or criticise
and the leopard and the lamb
lay together truly bound
I was hoping in my hoping
to recall what I had found
I was dreaming in my dreaming
god knows a pure view
as I surrender to my sleeping
I commit my dream to you

Refrain

The power to dream to rule
to wrestle the world from fools
it's decreed the people rule
its decreed the people rule
LISTEN
I believe everything we dream
can come to pass through our union
we can turn the world around
we can turn the earth's revolution
we have the power.
People  have the power . . .

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